Exposure to UV light produced by the sun in combination with the degradation of our ozone constantly leaves us vulnerable to sun damage. Free radical damage caused by UVA and UVB rays can cause cellular oxidation and in turn stimulate cells to become irregular. Damage caused by UV light can range anywhere from something as minor as superficial rashes to more dangerous risks such as sun toxicity, degenerative skin disorders, and cancer.
What’s more toxic though: the sun or the sunscreen? Sunscreens are recognized as a critical part of our topical ointment clothing. Sunscreen and SPF products are designed to protect the skin from sun damage and cancer-causing mutations caused by exposure to UV light. However, these same products may also be simultaneously introducing other cancer-causing chemicals to your skin. Moreover, we also know how toxic many commercial sunscreen products are to our environment. So why wouldn’t these products pose a similar risk to our own bodily health.
A pilot study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and published online in the Journal of American Medical Association found that after just one day of use, four chemicals commonly used in commercially available sunscreens enter the bloodstream at significant levels and continue to rise daily.
During the trial, 24 volunteers were randomly assigned to apply either one or two sprays, a lotion or a cream to 75% of the body, four times a day for four days. Blood tests were conducted over the course of a week to determine how much avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule was absorbed into the bloodstream, and results showed plasma levels exceeding the FDA established threshold of 0.5 ng/ml.
"These results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen," wrote the authors, who concluded that their findings warrant further investigation.1
After years of success protecting and rejuvenating clients’ skin with our Precious and Nourishing Facial Oils, Julia set out to create a more intensive preparation. Rich in bioavailable, plant-realized free-radical fighting antioxidants, the Ombre Del Sole series is expertly formulated to correct, protect, and repair by providing immune and cellular realignment support. This in turn, assists skin’s inherent resilience to damage and its overall longevity.
In 2004, Benedetta introduced the Ombra Del Sole series: our approach to remedying sun and other environmentally caused damage. As with our other product lines, the Ombre Del Sole series was created to address the root cause of skin damage, NOT the symptoms. This series leverages our water integration philosophy alongside bioavailable naturally filtering oils that aid the uptake of regenerative active ingredients.
The Ombre Del Sole series is intended for daily use and is available in 2 separate preparations.
Our Defense and Repair Elixir and Oil combination greatly filters UVA and UVB light while simultaneously encouraging healthy cell regeneration.
Our Defense and Repair Crème may be used in place of one of our Visibly Radiant Moisturizers as Step 5 Strengthen in your 5-Step Daytime Facial Regimen when you anticipate greater sun exposure. We also suggest using this product to those individuals who avoid extensive sun exposure, but are encouraged to wear SPF products by a physician. Our Defense and Repair Creme is also excellent for aftercare for:
Please note: While the Ombre Del Sole series is designed to aid the recovery of sun damage, it is by no means a sunblock, sunscreen, or SPF product. Our Defense and Repair Elixir used alongside our Defense and Repair Oil will greatly filter UVA and UVB rays, as it encourages healthy skin cells. That being said, they will not prevent burning if exposed to the sun for long periods of time or when in the water. These comments are contingent on skin sensitivities as well as skin color, as predicated by the Fitzpatrick Skin Scale.
1. "How Safe Is Sunscreen?" New York Times. 10 June 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/upshot/how-safe-is-sunscreen.html